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Comment: No social skills (Score 1) 700

by Computershack (#48978523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
School isn't just about learning subjects. Its about learning about your society, how to interact with other people in the country you live in. Every single kid I've met who has been homeschooled has been weird. They've all been completely socially inept. They don't know how to interact properly and whilst they may be very clever in the subjects they've been learning, are completely oblivious about the majority of things going on around them at the time. Whilst these parents think they're protecting their kids, they're actually in my opinion harming them irreversibly. They'll eventually leave mothers bosom and go into a world completely unequipped to deal with the society they live in and it'll cause them real problems and hold them back.
Supplementing schooling with home schooling is great. Completely replacing it if you're the kind of parent who doesn't let your kid out to play with the other kids on the street is doing them massive harm.

Comment: Re:And pigs will fly ... (Score 1) 132

BT are always promising faster speeds and new rollouts, but you can bet your nelly that the only ones who are going to receive such a service are people in the big cities (with London usually being about a year before the next recipients). It really is a British disease to regularly promise faster, better and cheaper ... and then do sweet A once the easy pickings are taken from the tree.

I live in a rural area even more rural than where you do. Its an area 1.5 times the size of the inner M25 with a population of just 200,000. We have no city, the largest town has a population of just 33,000, the population of my town is 11,000. We've had 76mbit FTTC for nearly 2 years now.

Comment: Re:Where they are willing to pay, there is progres (Score 1) 495

We have FTTC, fibre to the cabinet, here in the UK which gives most people the thick end of 76Mbit which in this country pretty much everyone finds is more than enough and as a result of using the existing copper from the street cabinet to the house instead of laying fibre means that that truly unlimited 76Mbit can cost you less than $30 a month with a half price discount on the first 12 months.

Comment: Re:Define "Crappy" (Score 1) 495

This is exactly the reason why Internet access in the U.S. is so expensive and so crappy relative to other first-world nations.

I'm sorry, but to my mind any definition of "crappy" must include the freedom to access any website, which many other first world nations (like the UK) do not enjoy.

To label it a slower is fine, but just to say "crappy" is ignoring the tradeoff from one kind of crap to another.

The USA has several laws which block what you can see online. As for my UK ISP I don't know of any websites it actually blocks because being a smaller one it doesn't seem to have the same requirements as BT.

Comment: Re:Recycling Materials (Score 1) 128

All of a sudden, getting into a crash doesn't mean you have to junk the whole car. You can salvage the body and a lot of the parts (in theory). Wait a week or two and voila, you have a brand new product.

In theory we should be doing this with existing cars, but they just don't seem to be built for it

No, instead they're built in a way that dissipates the energy so you survive the crash. Yes the car is totalled but you stand a higher chance of walking away from the accident. You seem to want to reverse the advances there have been in crash protection.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by Computershack (#48756101) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Seriously, you cannot kill as a Christian, because 1. you can't kill

Actually you can. Because the religious hypocrites who scribed the bible realised that they still needed people to fight wars for them they added a clause which said you can kill as a Christian without sin if you're a soldier fighting in a war and in other circumstances even civilians. David is praised for killing Goliath and one of his men credited for killing 800.

Here's some good old hypocrisy from the Bible in Deutronomy 20:10-18 for killing civilians which seems quite familiar with what the Islamic Fundalmentalists say:
- the population of cities outside of the Promised Land, if they surrender, should be made tributaries and left alive (20:10-11)
- those cities outside of the Promised Land that resist should be besieged, and once they fall, the male population should be exterminated, but the women and children should be left alive (20:12-15)
- of those cities that were within the Promised Land, however, the population should be exterminated entirely (20:16-18), specifically "the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites" (20:16-18). Deuteronomy 25:19 further commands the extermination of the Amalekites.

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